Die Jovis, 1 die Junii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Marshall.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Ds. La Warr.
Answer from the H. C.
Dr. Bennet and Mr. Eltonhead return with this Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Addition of Lords to be added
to the Committee at Derby House, with an Addition of a
proportionable Number of the Members of the House
of Commons; and also to the Deputy Lieutenants for
the City and County of Norwich; and to the Order for
giving the High Sheriff of the County of Cambridge
(fn. *) Leave to live out of the County: (Here enter them.)
To all the rest, they will send an Answer by Messengers
of their own.
Letter from Col. Hammond.
A Letter from Colonel Ro. Hamond was read, concerning [ (fn. *) a Design] laid for the King's Escape from
Carisbrooke Castle. (Here enter it.)
Noel to have the Custody of Records in Lambeth House.
Ordered, That Mr. Noell shall have in his safe
Custody the Records and Writings which are in Lambeth
House, concerning the Prerogative Court, or other Matters, which concern either the Prerogative Court, or the
Star-chamber, or High Commission Court, or other Matters not touching the Lands belonging to the late Archbishop of Canterbury.
Message from the H. C. with Members Names to be added to the Committee at Derby House.
A Message was brought up from the House of Commons, by Sir Rob't Pye Knight; who brought up some
Names to be added with the Six Lords to the Committee
at Derby House, to which they desire their Lordships
Concurrence. (Here enter them.)
Read, and Agreed to.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees with the House of Commons,
in adding these Names to the Committee at Derby
Message from the H. C. with Propositions for Peace;-with Committees Names for Counties;-and with an Order.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Swinfen, &c.; who brought up these Particulars:
1. Propositions to be sent to the King; and if their
Lordships do concur therein, that they may be sent to
the Commissioners in Scotland, to be communicated to
the Parliament of Scotland.
2. To desire Concurrence, for adding some Names to
the Committees in divers Counties. (Here enter it.)
3. An Order concerning Colonel Weldon to be discharged of Three Thousand Eleven Pounds, Four Shillings, and One Penny, which he was forced to take up,
to keep the poor Soldiers of the Garrison of Plymouth
from perishing, &c.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will send a speedy Answer concerning the Propositions to the King: To the rest of
the Particulars now brought up, their Lordships do agree
Propositions for Peace:
Next, the House took into Consideration the Propositions now brought up from the House of Commons, to
be sent to the King; and this House Agreed to them,
with an Alteration in the last Clause, and with an Addition.
Message to the H. C. with them.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Dr. Bennett and Mr. Eltonheade:
To deliver to them the Propositions; and to let them
know, that this House agrees to them, with the Alteration and Addition, and desire their Concurrence therein; and that they may be speedily sent away.
Petition from the Common Council.
A Petition, by the Sheriffs of London and other Common Council-men, was presented to this House, from
the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of
the City of London; and, being received, was commanded to be publicly read. (Here enter it.)
Message from the H. C. that they have received One from them; and for Committees to go into the City, to give an Answer to them.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Samuell Browne, &c.; who informed their Lordships, "That the House of Commons had received this
Morning a Petition from the Lord Mayor and Common Council of London, and a Petition from some Citizens annexed: To which the House of Commons
think fit to acquaint their Lordships what Answer
they have returned; which was to this Effect: To
give the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, Thanks for their good Affections; and as concerning the Contents in the annexed Petition, that a
Committee of both Houses may be appointed this
Afternoon, to go to the Common Council, and return
an Answer thereunto."
Lords Committees for that Purpose.
Ordered, That this House joins, to send a Committee of both Houses this Afternoon into the City, to
a Common Council, as is desired; and these Lords following were appointed as Committees:
Ds. La Warr.
The Answer returned was:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House hath appointed a Committee of
Eight Lords, to join with a proportionable Number of
the House of Commons, to go to the Common Council
of this City this Afternoon.
Answer to the Sheriffs, &c.
Next, the Sheriffs and the Members of the Common
Council of London were called in.
And the Speaker returned them this Answer:
"That their Lordships did return Thanks to the
Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of
London, for their good Affections: As concerning the
Contents in the annexed Petition, their Lordships will
send a Committee of Members of both Houses to the
Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council, this
Afternoon; who shall return an Answer thereunto."
Cockayne and Eltonhead.
Ordered, That the Cause between Mr. Cockayne
and Mr. Eltonheade shall be heard To-morrow Morning,
by Counsel on both Sides.
Ordered, That this Letter shall be sent to Colonel
Rob't Hamond; videlicet,
Letter to Col. Hammond, giving him Thanks, and assuring him of Supplies.
"The Lords have commanded me to give you Thanks,
for your great Care in the Discharge of that Trust
committed to you. They do assure you, they will
be ready upon all Occasions to express their Respects
to you; and will not omit the pressing for those Supplies mentioned in your Letter. Thus, with my
Respects unto you, I rest
"Your very loving Friend,
1 Junii, 1648.
"E. Manchester, Speaker of
the House of Peers pro Tempore."
Ambrose Tyndall was brought, by Habeas Corpus, by
Order of this House, and released.
Sir P. Davies, a Pass.
Ordered, That Sir Paul Davies shall have a Pass,
to go beyond the Seas.
Preacher at the Fast thanked.
Ordered, That Mr. Stronge have Thanks returned
him, for his Pains Yesterday, in preaching before the
Lords; and desired to print and publish his Sermon
Doe and Savery.
Upon hearing Counsel argue the Errors, in the Writ
of Error between Doe Plaintiff and Savery Defendant:
It is Ordered, That the Judgement given in the
Court of King's Bench is affirmed; and the Plaintiff to
pay to the Defendant Twenty Nobles, for Cost in this
Letter from Col. Hammond, concerning a Design for the King's Escape; and for an Allowance for His Attendants.
"To the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers pro
Tempore. This present.
"As an Account of the great Trust your Lordships
have been pleased to repose in me, I take the Boldness to acquaint your Lordships of a Design cunningly laid, and carried on almost to Perfection, for the
King's Escape from this Place; which was the last
Night (being the set Time for putting it in Act), by
the Blessing and Goodness of God, prevented. It
was thus: Through the Corruption and Naughtiness
of Two Gentlemen attending the King, Mr. Osbourne
and Mr. Dowcett, Three Soldiers were suborned, and
dealt with, to assist in this Escape, who were to be on
Duty at the King's Window at a Time appointed.
Mr. Dowcett, who was to be accommodated with
Cords, to convey Him down the Castle Wall, and
then the Out Line, after He had let Himself down
through His Window to the prepared Centinels, was
to be His Guide to His Horses, which were ready
provided, and laid at a convenient Place within
Musket-shot of the Works, and Mr. Osborne, and one
Mr. Worseley of Gatcomb, a young Gentleman of this
Island, who were to conduct Him to a Creek, where
also at the same Time lay ready a Boat, to transport
them into the Main Land, to a Place where (as is confessed by One whom I have apprehended) there were
Horses to convey the King whither He pleased. This
Design hath been long in Hand, but kept from me
until Yesterday, the Day before the Night it was to
have been acted, when Two of the Soldiers who had
been dealt with came to me, and acquainted me with
the whole Business (which I am confident, though I
had had no Knowledge of it, they would have found
some Difficulty in effecting). I suffered and advised
them to carry it on, as if I had not known it, that
so (fn. *) I might the better discover the whole Business, with
the less Pretence of Excuse to those unworthy Men
who were to assist the King in this Escape. But,
being over-curious in securing all Places in more
exact Manner than formerly, Mr. Dowcett, by happening upon an unusual Guard, who at the first apprehended them to be of his own Party, but upon
Examination finding other Answer than he expected,
made a Discovery; which so soon as I understood, immediately I secured Dowcett, and a Soldier who was
the chief Instrument in this Design. Then I sent after Osborne and Worseley, to apprehend them; but
they finding they were discovered, fled in great Haste
to the Water Side, where their Boat lay ready to receive them, whither they were pursued; but they,
as it seems, being in Haste, quitted their Horses, and
turned them loose on the Shore, and themselves
escaped in the Boat. I have since apprehended one
John Newland of Newport, whose Part it was in the
Design to act the Business concerning the Boats. This
Morning I find the Window Bar of the King's Bedchamber, looking to the Centinels appointed, to be
cut in Two in the Middle with Aqua Fortis. By this
your Lordships may please to see not only the Dangers past, but may also expect that nothing will be
unattempted that the Art of Man can find out, to perfect the King's Escape; which make me humbly bold
to offer to your Lordships, That if you resolve it necessary to continue the King in this Place, that you
will please to consider some better Way for His Security, either by appointing to this weighty Charge a
Committee of Parliament as formerly, or otherwise
as shall seem best to your Lordships. This I move,
not so much to free myself from Burden or Hazard;
truly, when I am commanded by you in your Service, I know no such Thing; but that Affairs of so
great Concernment to your Lordships and the Kingdom may be better provided for than by a Man so
unapt for such Weight as myself. In this, I beseech
your Lordships not to look back upon the Hazards
and Difficulties it hath pleased God alone to carry
me through in this your Service (which, if my Recital of them to your Lordships might not too justly
seem my Vanity, I should trouble your Lordships with
a Relation that would speak them not few nor ordinary), and thence to pass a Judgement for future;
but to consider what they are like to continue, and
accordingly to provide as in your Wisdoms shall seem
best. The next Thing which I shall make my humble Suit to your Lordships, and which is so just as I
am sure your Lordships will not deny, that you will
please to order such Provision for those Gentlemen
attending the King, who have and do still faithfully
and honestly serve you here, and that with no small
Hazard, in some Measure answerable to their Merit,
and the Trust in their Hands; at least, that they may
not have Cause to think themselves neglected, and so
rendered more liable to Temptation, which they cannot want. I have written often of this Particular,
and as yet nothing is done in it; which makes me
now the more bold thus to press your Lordships. My
Lords, If your Lordships shall please to see fit longer
to continue this heavy Weight wholly upon me, seeing
(fn. *) it may not be admitted me to wait on your Lordships at this Time, I humbly beg that you will please
to send down some Persons hither, whom you may
trust, that may bring back an Account of the true
State of this Place, that so better Security may be
added to it in divers Particulars, too long and troublesome now to relate. Be pleased to signify unto
me your Lordships Pleasure concerning the Persons
mentioned, now in Custody for this Matter. My
Lords, I desire to receive your Lordships Commands;
and ever to obey them, as becomes,
"Carisbrooke Castle, May 29th, 1648.
"Most faithful and humble Servant,
Order for 3011£. 4s. 1d. for Col. Welden.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled
in Parliament, That Colonel Ralph Welden be discharged, by the Committee of the Navy and Customs,
and Commissioners of the Excise, of the several Sums
taken up by him, out of the Custom-house, Exciseoffice, and Reprisal Goods, amounting in Whole to
the Sum of Three Thousand Eleven Pounds, Four
Shillings, One Penny; which he was forced to take
up, to keep the poor Soldiers of the Garrison of
Plymouth from Perishing and sudden Destruction:
And the said Lords and Commons do declare, That
they will make good the said several Sums to the said
Members added to the Committee at Derby House.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled
in Parliament, That Serjeant Major General Skippon,
Mr. Swinfen, Mr. Prideaux, Colonel Rosseter, Sir
Harbottle Grimston, Sir John Trevor, Sir John Danvers, Lord Lisle, Lord Cranborne, Sir Will'm Massam,
Sir Richard Onslowe, and Mr. Rowse, be added to
the Committee at Derby House."
Committees for Wilts.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That James
Herbert, William Ayre, William Ludlowe, Esquires,
and Nicholas Greene, Gentleman, be added to the Committee of Wilts.
D° for Lanc.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That Peter Bold of Bold, John Aderton of Aderton, Esquires,
be added to the Committee of Lancasheir.
D° for York.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That William Bossevile Esquire be added to the Committee of
Petition from the Common Council, with the following One presented to them.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords in the High
Court of Parliament assembled.
"The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor,
Aldermen, and Commons, of the City of
London, in Common Council assembled;
"That your Petitioners, sitting in Common Council
upon the Affairs of the City, had there presented
unto them, by divers well-affected Citizens, a Petition
(a true Copy whereof is hereunto annexed); which
being openly read, and seriously considered of, they
did apprehend that the same did contain several
Things of great and good Consequence, worthy due
Consideration, tending to the Preservation of the Parliament, and the Settlement of the Peace and Welfare of the Kingdom and City; and therefore thought
fit to present the same to this Honourable House.
"And humbly pray your Honours, to take the
same into your Consideration, and to do
therein as in your grave Wisdoms you shall
"And shall also humbly pray, &c.
Citizens Petition to them, to desire a Personal Treaty with the King;-for the Militia of the neighbouring Counties to be associated for the Freedom of it;-for Batten to be restored to be V. Admiral;-to accommodate the Kentish Business; and about the Aldermen, &c. imprisoned.
"To the Right Honourable John Warner, Lord
Mayor of the City of London; and to the
Right Worshipful the Aldermen and Common
Council of the same, now assembled.
"The humble Petition of divers well-affected
Citizens, and other Inhabitants within
the City of London;
"That your Petitioners, out of a deep Sense of the
present and pressing Miseries of this afflicted Kingdom, and particularly of this City of London; and
likewise considering the imminent Danger and Destruction ready to swallow up all Hopes of future
Agreement, Peace, and Happiness, by new engaging
in a Civil and bloody War, the very Thoughts whereof do so surprize our Hearts with Apprehensions of a
general Ruin and Calamity, that we are necessitated
humbly to address ourselves to this Honourable
Court, as the Representative Body of this City, and
most proper Means for us to apply ourselves unto, to
desire your Concurrence (as formerly), to join with
us in further Addresses to the High and Honourable
Houses of Parliament, for obtaining such Remedies
of Grievances, and Assurance from Dangers, as the
present Distempers of the Times justly call for; and
which, as free-born Subjects (having only the Glory
of God, the Peace and Preservation of our Country
in our Eyes and Aims, according to our Covenant),
we may reasonably expect, as the Reward of our former Faithfulness, and Inducement to our further
Service; and do thereupon humbly offer to your
serious Consideration these Particulars following;
"1. We do with all Thankfulness acknowledge the
great Care and Wisdom of this Honourable
Court, in contributing your best Assistance
for a Personal Treaty with His Majesty and
Parliaments of both Kingdoms, whereby a
right and good Understanding may be gotten
betwixt them, Religion may be settled, and
the Happiness of His Majesty's Royal Throne
and Kingdoms, and of His People, may be
firmly established, according to Covenant;
which as we daily hope and pray for, so, by
the Blessing of God upon your faithful Endeavours, we despair not to see accomplished.
"2. That the Militias of the City of London, and
of the adjoining Counties on both Sides The
Thames, videlicet, Midd. Essex, Harf. Bucks,
Kent, Surrey, Sussex, &c. may be associated,
for the better Safety and Freedom of the
Treaty abovesaid, and the Suppression of all
Riots and Tumults.
"3. And we humbly offer to your further Consideration, to present to both the Honourable
Houses of Parliament, That Captain William
Batten may be speedily restored to the Command of Vice Admiral of the Ships now at
Sea in the Parliament's Service, as formerly.
"4. As we cannot but with Grief of Spirit look
upon the sudden and unexpected Distempers
now risen in the County of Kent, and the sad
Consequences which the same (if not suddenly prevented) may produce, to the exceeding
Detriment of this City and of the whole
Kingdom; so we cannot but, in Tenderness to
our Brethren and Fellow Subjects of that
County, whose late Association with this City
to the great Service of Parliament we cannot
forget, become humble and earnest Petitioners
to this Honourable Court, that you would be
pleased, in your great Wisdom, to find out
some speedy Expedient to present unto the
Honourable Houses of Parliament, for appeasing the same by Ways of Accommodation,
and not by any Engagement in Blood; having
regard rather to their former Services than
the present Distempers, which they may be
engaged in by other Provocations, and not
from any Disaffection to or Desertion of the
"5. Lastly, We hope it will not offend this Honourable Court, if we your Petitioners do
once again remind you of those worthy Aldermen (Members of this Court) now in Displeasure of the Houses of Parliament; whose
Acquittal and Enlargement we humbly pray
may be thought fit to be insisted on, as a considerable Branch of our Petition.
"All which the Petitioners humbly submit
to your grave Wisdoms; and earnestly
pray for your present Help and Assistance, in furthering these or such of
these Particulars, and of all such other
Means as your Wisdoms shall adjudge
fitting for the Peace and Happiness of
the Kingdom in general, and particularly of this City of London, and the Security thereof; in the Pursuance of all
which, the Petitioners, by God's Assistance, are resolved effectually to join
with and assist you unto their utmost
"And the Petitioners shall daily pray,
Marsh, Sheriff of Cambr. and Hunt. Leave to reside out of the Counties.
"Whereas Thomas Marsh Esquire is nominated and
appointed High Sheriff of the Counties of Cambridge
and Huntington, and is enjoined and required, by a
certain Clause in the Oath to be taken by him the
said Thomas Marsh for the Execution of the said Office, that he shall reside and be dwelling, in his own
proper Person, within his Bailiffwicks, for the Time
that he shall be in the said Office, unless he be otherwise licensed by the Lords and Commons in Parliament: Be it therefore Ordered and Ordained, by
the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled,
That the said High Sheriff shall have, and hereby
hath, full and free Leave and Licence, and is permitted, to be absent from his Bailiffwicks, and to dwell
and reside out of the said Counties of Cambridge and
Ibson's Order, about Evidences in his Custody, as Register of the Council of York.
It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament
assembled, That if any Person or Persons shall sue William Ibson, of Yorke, for Evidences or Writings left in the
Custody of John Ibson his Father, late Register of the
President and Common Council there, deceased; that
then he, or they, shall be at the Charge of the Answering the said Suits, and the other Expences of the
said Wm. Ibson, occasioned as aforesaid, as the Court
of Chancery (upon due Consideration) shall think fit and
Dep. Lieutenants for Norwich.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That these Persons following be Deputy Lieutenants for the City and County of Norwich;
(videlicet,) Christopher Barrett Deputy Mayor, Edmond
Borman, Charles George Cocke, Erasmus Erle, Esquires,
Thomas Ashwell, William Davy, Sheriffs of the City,
Robert Baron, Samuell Puckle, John Raley, John Greenwood, Aldermen of the City, Gabriell Barbour, Henry
King, Gentlemen, Adrian Parmenter Esquire, Thomas
Barrett and John Cory, Aldermen."